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How to Remove the Toxic Mold Correctly

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Mold spores are always present in the air and when these spores come in contact with moisture it causes the spores to attach to the moisture which spreads rapidly. Moisture can occur for many reasons such as a leaky roof, flooding, leaking pipes, blocked gutters, unvented dryers, water spills, and condensation.

Mold not only causes serious damage to your home, it can create an unhealthy environment which leads to allergic reactions and irritants known to cause serious illnesses. People with asthma and other breathing problems are at risk for increased episodes along with irritation of the eyes, throat and nose. Long term exposure to certain mold toxins can be life-threatening due to cancer-causing agents.

The first signs that you may have a mold problem are usually mildew or moldy odor and chronic respiratory problems, and unfortunately once these symptoms appear it usually means the mold has spread in large areas of the home.

The first step is to fix the moisture problem; failure to do this will result in the re-occurrence of mold. You should use extreme caution when removing mold from your home. Mold spores will get into the air during the removal process and breathing them in while using cleaning solutions can be caustic. Use plastic gloves, masks to cover face and nose, and safety goggles while cleaning.

Although the use of detergent and hot water will remove the stains left by the mold this does not get rid of the mold spores. You should use a bleach solution consisting of 4 parts water and 1 part bleach. Under no circumstances use bleach with other cleaners, this will created a toxic poisonous gas.

If any carpet and padding are infected with mold, discard and use the bleach solution on the floor, as this product is essential for appropriate black mold removal. If your floor is wood you will want to sand and refinish the floor. If your mold problem is severe you may want to use biocides available at your local hardware or home improvement stores. These biocides are considered pesticides and it is imperative that all product instructions a followed.

Any rags, towels, or brushes used in the removal of mold should be put in a plastic bag and discarded as soon as the job is done. Any clothes worn during mold removal should be hung outside in the sun to air dry followed by washing with laundry detergent and bleach. If the mold spores are throughout the house or in areas inaccessible you may want to consult a professional to handle the mold removal from your home.

How Toxic is Water Damage Mold?

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Water damage mold has a reputation for being particularly dangerous, but how dangerous is it. This article will discuss the health risks and symptoms that are associated with plumbing and flood water damage, as well as whether or not you should handle the cleanup and remediation yourself.

The greenish-black mold found after water damage attacks is sometimes called “toxic mold”, or more commonly, black mold. While black mold is toxigenic, meaning the it produces mycotoxins, the mold itself is not toxic. Black mold, technically referred to as Stachybotrys chartarum or Stachybortrys atra, is less common than other household molds like Alternalia, Penicillium and Clodosporium, but it isn’t a rare mold.

Black mold presents roughly the same level of health risk as other molds in the house, so it doesn’t need to be distinguished or treated as a unique danger. Black mold can be hazardous to individuals with lung disease, immune suppression or allergies. The symptoms can include skin and eye irritation, wheezing and congestion.

One of the main reasons why black mold is so often thought to be especially hazardous is due to the fact that water damage repair contractors will have residents evacuate their house and stay in a hotel while the cleanup process is under way. The real issue is the type of water responsible for the damage, not the resulting mold.

Water damage can come from clean water, grey water or black water. Clean water is uncontaminated water straight from the mains. Grey water is somewhat contaminated. This is the water sitting in a clean toilet bowl, or water that’s drained from a sink or shower. Both of these types are acceptable environments for novice’s cleanup attempts, as long as the wear appropriate protective gear and take the time to learn proper water damage remediation techniques. But flood water damage is considered black water, which is contaminated water in the same category as sewage. Since the water is the danger, not the mold per se, any water damage repair or mold remediation should only be done by a certified professional.